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Using Spreadsheets In Bioinformatics Can Corrupt Data, Changing Gene Names Into Dates

A few years back, people were rather disturbed to find out about the famous Excel bug, whereby the multiplication of two numbers in Microsoft's spreadsheet gave the wrong number . It turns out there are other circumstances in which Excel (and, to be ... [Published Techdirt - 45 mins ago]
First reported 4 hours ago - Updated 4 hours ago - 1 reports

DailyDirt: With Super Healing Powers

Time can heal some wounds, and technology can sometimes speed things up a bit. But regenerative medicine could really help to improve our health if we can re-grow body parts on demand. Here are just a few links on getting our bodies to heal themsel ... [Published Techdirt - 4 hours ago]
First reported 8 hours ago - Updated 4 hours ago - 1 reports

Podcasting Patent Troll Realizes Podcasters Don't Make Any Money; Desperately Tries To Escape Adam Carolla Lawsuit

Remember Personal Audio ? That's the ridiculous company claiming to hold a patent (US Patent 8,112,504 ) which it believes covers podcasting. The company has been involved in a variety of dirty tricks, including trying to intimidate donors to an EFF ... [Published Techdirt - 8 hours ago]
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Yes, The Guys Using Legal Loopholes To Screw Over An AirBnB Host Likely Also Scammed Kickstarter Backers

Recently, Russ Roberts had YCombinator's Sam Altman on his absolutely wonderful podcast Econtalk, and the discussion is fantastic and worth listening to (which is true of most Econtalk episodes). Among many interesting and thought-provoking points that ... [Published Techdirt - 5 hours ago]
First reported 6 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 1 reports

24 Hours Left To Support Our Crowdfunding Campaign On Net Neutrality: Now With Stretch Goals

Home stretch: Less than 24 hours left to support our net neutrality coverage » In the last 24 hours or so, you guys came through in an amazing way to shoot us past our target goal in our crowdfunding campaign to support our net neutrality reporting ... [Published Techdirt - 6 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 1 reports

Wikileaks Reveals Super Injunuction Blocking Reporting On Massive Australian Corruption Case Involving Leaders Of Malaysia, Indonesia & Vietnam

We've written about the problems of so-called super injunctions in the past (though mainly in the UK). This legal process not only keeps certain details under wraps concerning a lawsuit, but actually forbids the media from reporting on anything related ... [Published Techdirt - 12 hours ago]
First reported 9 hours ago - Updated 9 hours ago - 1 reports

ISP Sues Former Customer Over Reviews Claiming His Internet Speed Was Less Than A Third Of What Was Advertised

Because this always works out well for the plaintiff, another company is suing another disgruntled customer over his online complaints. Peak Internet, a Colorado ISP, has decided to ensure its former customer receives a broader platform to discuss ... [Published Techdirt - 9 hours ago]
First reported 15 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

Amazon To Hachette And Authors: Here, Let Us Explain Basic Price Elasticity To You

Apparently Amazon's efforts earlier this month to make it abundantly clear that it's fight with Hachette is about helping, not harming authors still didn't quite make it through to authors who seem to reflexively hate Amazon (often for reasons that ... [Published Techdirt - 15 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

City Of London Police Inserting 'This Website Has Been Reported To Police' Banner Ads On Websites With No Legal Review

The City of London police have continued to take their bull-in-a-china-shop approach to "stopping piracy" (generally based on a near total misunderstanding of the internet) to it's next level of ridiculousness. The police (which, yes, no need to remind ... [Published Techdirt - 10 hours ago]
First reported 11 hours ago - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real anonymity online." They don't seem to understand just ... [Published Techdirt - 11 hours ago]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated 11 hours ago - 2 reports

Duke professors looking to make legal texts affordable

from the make-it-so dept James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins of the Center of the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School have recognized what many people have: the academic publishing world is insane. Textbook pricing is generally insane, in part ... [Published Techdirt - 11 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

Keith Alexander: I'm Worth $1 Million Per Month Because I'm Patenting A Way To Stop Hackers (Which I Didn't Tell The NSA)

The Keith Alexander story just keeps getting more and more bizarre. Almost immediately after retiring from the top position at the NSA, where he oversaw the total failure of the NSA's supposed "100% auditing" system, allowing Ed Snowden (and who knows ... [Published Techdirt - 13 hours ago]

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...instance, whether Peak Internet's argument is "our speeds were never that slow that often, he's lying" (which might be a valid defamation claim) or "his arguments are unfair because these speeds are above the guaranteed minimum speed and we don't promise the top speed all the time" (which would be an invalid attack on a protected opinion)...
...The idea that someone is going to go to one of these sites, see this ad, and then think "oh man, I had no idea, let me go to this other site recommended by the police instead" is just laughable. Even the idea that they'd read "this website has been reported to the police" and not laugh is kind of ridiculous...
...We've quoted from it at times, and the famous line from it is usually how "the effect of [the copyright] monopoly generally is to make articles scarce, to make them dear, and to make them bad." However, the entire speech is worth reading, and here they highlight a warning against copyright maximalism, in which he notes that it will lead to less...
"This argument requires the Court to ignore Ms. Barnes’s position as Commissioner of the ANC," the judge wrote. "To the extent that Ms. Barnes is acting in her capacity as Commissioner of the ANC, then communications made or received by her would be communications of the ANC, irrespective of whether such communications were associated with her personal e-mail account."

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Using Spreadsheets In Bioinformatics Can Corrup... [Published Techdirt - 45 mins ago]
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DailyDirt: With Super Healing Powers [Published Techdirt - 4 hours ago]
Time can heal some wounds, and technology can sometimes speed things up a bit. But regenerative medicine could really help to improve our health if we can re-grow body parts on demand. Here are just a few links on getting our bodies to heal themsel ...
Yes, The Guys Using Legal Loopholes To Screw Ov... [Published Techdirt - 5 hours ago]
Recently, Russ Roberts had YCombinator's Sam Altman on his absolutely wonderful podcast Econtalk, and the discussion is fantastic and worth listening to (which is true of most Econtalk episodes). Among many interesting and thought-provoking points that ...
24 Hours Left To Support Our Crowdfunding Campa... [Published Techdirt - 6 hours ago]
Home stretch: Less than 24 hours left to support our net neutrality coverage » In the last 24 hours or so, you guys came through in an amazing way to shoot us past our target goal in our crowdfunding campaign to support our net neutrality reporting ...
Podcasting Patent Troll Realizes Podcasters Don... [Published Techdirt - 8 hours ago]
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